It was a beautiful sunny day on Saturday, October 16th at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City as 8,000 families and friends across Kansas and Missouri joined together for the 3rd Annual Kansas City Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The Walk to date has raised $135,000!
New this year was the Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism information tent, followed along with our Teen Tent, ABCnD Sensory Tent and over 45 Resource Vendors.
“Our Walk committee was in full force making sure this day was special for each attendee and the teams loved the later start time” stated Lisa Booth KC Walk Chair. “There was non-stop entertainment as Miss Gaby and Friends performed songs from No Such Thing As Normal, a musical about autism, Jedi Knight fight scenes, and the GAGE cheer squad, a cheer squad of young ladies with autism.”
The crowd stood in awe as the LifeFlight Eagle Helicopter took off prior to the start of the Walk. The First Responders area which included the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department and the LifeFlight Eagle where key stops to families. Celebration of the passing of the Kansas and Missouri Insurance Bills brought cheers from the crowd as recapping the successes of the year. A special thank you to all our sponsors for all their support and dedication to our community.
Geico, Thompson Foundation for Autism, KC Wizards Meyer Company & Tom & Winnie Davis Analyze Direct, KU LifeSpan– K-CART Children’s Mercy Hospital –Developmental & Behavioral Sciences KC Spectrum Magazine, Brain Balance,WellCommons.com, Mix 93.3,NBC Action News,First National Bank of Kansas, ABCnD Autism Center Minute Rice, UMB, VML, Wells Fargo Advisors, Plaza Inter-State Studio, Have Guns Will Rent Costumes, Games2U US Foodservice, KC Hopps, Inc Toy’s R Us and Babies R Us Thank you again to all the teams, walkers, volunteers and supporters for coming out and sharing this day with us as we lean on each other for support and know there are services and friends that care. For more information about
Walk day, visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeaks.KC. We still are not done! We will continue to fundraise until December 31st.
If you are planning any fundraisers, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org so we may assist in promoting. Help us, help you, reach our goal!
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